Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: Time to put in time at the polls
OK, it's definitely not that simple. But Maura Leahy, administrative assistant at the City Clerk's Office, said working the polls is a great activity that more young people should get involved in.
Talking with Leahy, a St. Anselm graduate who has been working in the City Clerk's Office for about four years, made me realize I know nothing about how our elections are run and who the people are who make it all happen. I learned that the people you see working the polls are a mix of elected and non-elected officials. The elected positions are one moderator, one ward clerk and three selectmen for each ward. The appointed positions are multiple ballot inspectors and deputy registrars.
During the summer months, it seems like a lot of the fun activities to do around New Hampshire happen outside Manchester. I've always said the beauty of our city is its close proximity to the ocean, lakes and mountains. An adventure is just an hour away.
A visit to two "fests" on Elm Street will have to be done strategically because bounce houses at the third annual Manchester Monarchs Summer Fan Fest after the all-you-can taste Merchant's Auto 'What's the Scoop?' Ice Cream Fest cannot end well.
To commemorate the halfway point between Monarchs seasons, the plaza outside the Verizon Wireless Arena will be turned into a carnival with bounce houses, a live band, photo opportunities with Max, and street hockey games with former Monarchs players. A portion of Elm Street, between Lake Avenue to Auburn Street, also will be closed for a street hockey tournament.
Ice Cream Fest at noon
The Fan Fest goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which leaves plenty of time for a quick walk up to the next "fest" at Veterans Park. From noon to 4 p.m., local ice cream shops, including Granite State Candies, The Puritan and Cremeland, will be on hand providing samples of their best ice cream flavors. This event is technically free, but $5 donations to the Salvation Army Kids' Café are suggested.
And if you have a special entertainment skill that could add to this fun event, like face painting or balloon artistry, your volunteered time would be greatly appreciated. The Kids' Café is a very important organization in Manchester that helps feed the bellies and spirits of many needy children. If you can help, contact Andy Barnes at 627-7013, ext. 223.
The weekend's final "fest" is the Muchachos Drum & Bugle Corps' 7th annual Fiesta de Musica Drum & Bugle Corps Competition. Five groups from as far away as Quebec and Michigan will perform in this outdoor, family-friendly music and marching competition featuring elements of athleticism, dance, choreography and musicianship with interesting drumming and percussion styles. Ken Vachon, publicity chairman for the event, said most of the visiting musicians are high school or college students who are spending the entire summer touring different states as part of Drum Corps International's 2013 Summer Music Tour, which ends with the Drum Corps World Championship finals on Aug. 10 in Indianapolis.
Tickets are $12 for adults, seniors and kids under 12. For more information, call (978)743-9584 or visit www.muchachos.org
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